communication skills

What’s in a Name? Personal Musings from a Keynote Speaker

It happens all the time. I introduce myself in a social setting and share my name. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Unfortunately, no. Here’s how the exchange usually goes: "Hi, I’m Sara Canaday.” “Sara Kennedy?” “It’s Canaday with a C.” “Are you from Canada?” (usually accompanied by a chuckle and a wink) “Well, no. But it’s [...]

How Leaders Can Influence Team Creativity

While speed and efficiency are necessary leadership traits in our always-on, do-more world, there’s also a point of diminishing returns. If we let agendas and clocks dictate all of our meetings, we could be undermining our own efforts to encourage meaningful collaboration and innovative thinking. Consider the unfortunate impact. Many people are reluctant to speak [...]

2019-10-28T22:36:35-05:00By |Leadership|

Why Leaders Need to “KonMari” their To-Do Lists

This year, Netflix released a wildly popular new program called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In the series, Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo visits the clutter-heavy homes of selected American families and helps them tidy up using her now-famous KonMari method. The springboard for this media sensation was Kondo’s worldwide best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic [...]

How Leaders Can Influence Company Culture

Leaders have a powerful influence on an organization’s culture. They set the tone for how employees perceive their work experience, so leadership and culture go hand in hand. In many ways, leaders’ success depends on their ability to help shape and uphold organizational culture. That’s a formidable task—and one that requires selflessness, conviction and strong [...]

2017-12-11T11:37:12-06:00By |Leadership|

Tackling the Transition from Tech Expert to Manager

Today, technology has seeped into every crevice of our organizations, from manufacturing, operations, marketing, and beyond. That explains why technical professionals play such an essential role in their companies’ success. While some tech experts prefer to continue as strong individual contributors or follow the domain expertise path, others will be recognized for their outstanding value [...]

Often Missing from Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion: Cognitive Diversity

I don’t typically write or comment on issues of diversity and inclusion. But an often-overlooked aspect of the topic — cognitive diversity — is starting to come into the spotlight, and I have some insights on it because of the focus of my work. In my experience, I've seen that companies produce the best results and [...]

Understanding Professional Blind Spots: Video Tip

What you don’t see can hurt you. Is your professional reputation what you think it should be? Watch this video to discover if subtle behaviors and unconscious habits could be sabotaging your success. Know someone who might benefit from this career tip or find it interesting? Go ahead…pass it along. Better yet, leave [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:24-05:00By |Blind Spots|

Boosting Your Resilience: Video Tip

The most successful people almost always exhibit resilience in dealing with life’s curveballs. In this video, Sara shares valuable tips to help you boost your ability to bounce back and remain agile despite adversity. By working to become more resilient, you’ll position yourself as a smart leader who is ready to handle whatever comes your [...]